The American Association of Independent Professional Baseball announced Friday that Fort Worth Cats INF Jake Gautreau has been sold to the 2008 American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays. He is the second player purchased by the Rays since the end of the 2008 season (Paul Phillips – Pensacola Pelicans).
The South Padre Island, TX resident batted .282 with 12 home runs, 70 RBI and 98 hits for Fort Worth this past season. Gautreau, 29, was a first round selection (14th overall) of the San Diego Padres in 2001. The Tulane University graduate spent four seasons with the Padres from 2001-2004.
In 2005 and 2006, Gautreau played with the Cleveland Indians Triple A affiliate, Buffalo. In 2007, he was with New Orleans, the Triple A club of the New York Mets.
Gautreau is the second Cat and eighth overall American Association player sold to a major league organization since the end of the 2008 season.
Brent Krause (St. Paul Saints) – Milwaukee Brewers
Kris Regas (Sioux Falls Canaries) – Detroit Tigers
Beau Torbert (Sioux Falls Canaries) – Detroit Tigers
Jon Hunton (Fort Worth Cats) – Oakland Athletics
Dan Smith (Pensacola Pelicans) – Baltimore Orioles
Geivy Garcia (Grand Prairie AirHogs) – San Francisco Giants
Paul Phillips (Pensacola Pelicans) – Tampa Bay Rays
Jake Gautreau (Fort Worth Cats) – Tampa Bay Rays